Whatever It takes: Book Club Discussion Questions

Hi everyone,

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the questions which will guide the discussion on August 11th.

Discussion Questions

  • What do you consider to be the most effective programs developed by Geoffrey Canada to target underserved youth in urban areas ?
  • Which of the programs have been the most difficult to institute for the youth in Canada’s target schools?  What ways can these difficulties be alleviated?
  • The Harlem Children’s Zone began through large financial donations.  Paul Tough’s book notes the tremendous pressure that Canada and his staff were under to produce “results.”  What are the primary methods that Canada’s program utilizes to measure student success for donors?   Have the student measures of success and assessment through testing proven adequate?
  • Geoffrey Canada refers to the process of supporting children from baby college through high school as a “conveyor belt” method.  Do you think that there are any limitations to this process? What are its primary strengths?
  • How much knowledge and cultural literacy must a person have to serve diverse communities?  Do our schools teach students and staff to not only appreciate diversity but work in diverse locales?
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